FIFA publishes anti-corruption code of conduct



GENEVA (AP) — FIFA’s new code of conduct for all soccer players and officials includes direct orders to reject bribery and corruption in the game.

FIFA has sent drafts of the code’s 11 core principles to 208 soccer nations ahead of its annual Congress next month in Budapest, Hungary.

Key aims include “reject and condemn all forms of bribery and corruption,” and “behave ethically and act with integrity in all situations.”

A transparency task force suggested the conduct charter as part of President Sepp Blatter’s drive to repair FIFA’s battered reputation after bribery and alleged World Cup vote-rigging scandals.

In Budapest, a separate task force analyzing soccer’s statutes will suggest an age limit of 72 for all candidates for FIFA positions.